The original dance "Mistwold"
as written by David Newitt
"Mistwold" is a superb tune written by the musician and caller Dudley Laufman of New
Hampshire. David Newitt wrote a duple minor dance for it; see CDSS News August 1993.
The timing of the moves for the progression in this dance catches dancers out as they
tend to perform the ½ figure 8 to finish at the end of
an 8 bar phrase of the music (which is what happens in most dances). This leaves them no time to
change places with their partner by crossing over. See video on right.
Leaving out this cross over, I came up with a progression where the 1st
couple dance proper and improper for alternate turns through the dance.
The "Alternate" in the title can be pronounced either way as both are appropriate.
Duple minor, initially starting proper Folk dance
CD of Dudley Laufman (composer of "Mistwold") playing
with the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra"
Track 4 of the CD "Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra with Dudley Laufman". This is available from
Great Meadow Music.
It is 6x32 bars.
A recording by the band Roguery is on their album "Minding the Gap". The track is available from cdbaby.
On the cdbaby page scroll down and click track
13. to hear a sample.